14 - Controlling Reproduction Eugenics Birth Control and...

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November 14, 2007 Controlling Reproduction Eugenics, Birth Control, and Abortion When are you choosing to do something and when are you being coerced to do it? Who controls reproduction? o This is not a fixed issue – this issue has changed over the last 125 years Before 1900: No one – high rates of reproduction were seen as the best interest in order to populate; the best interest 1900 – 1960: The State – increase in lifespan (by 15 years) because of sanitation, creation of antibiotics; now an increase in concern for overpopulation; controlled differentially Eugenics Justified State Control 1960 – Present: Contested between the State and the Individual – this is the year that The Pill is released, changing the nature of birth control Birth Control and Abortion The American Eugenics Movement What is Eugenics? o Origins are English o Eugenics: literally means “good heredity” o Galton – explored how people with good qualities tend to produce children of
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2008 for the course MC 201 taught by Professor Lynnscott during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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